USA | Shikoku Electric Postpones Nuclear Plant Test Run

Posted on July 8, 2011

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USA | WALL STREET JOURNAL | JULY 8, 2011, 3:18 A.M. ET

TOKYO—Shikoku Electric Power Co. said Friday it has indefinitely delayed a test run of the No. 3 reactor at its Ikata nuclear power plant on the western Japanese island of Shikoku, citing a lack of consensus from local residents.

The 890-megawatt reactor has been offline for regular maintenance since late April. The utility originally planned to conduct a test run from Sunday for a month before returning to commercial operation.

As a consequence of the postponement, Shikoku Electric will stop providing electricity toTokyo Electric Power Co. starting Saturday. Shikoku Electric has supplied electricity using 100 to 200 megawatts of capacity to Tepco since the earthquake and tsunami of March 11.

Shikoku Electric has no plan to buy additional fossil fuels because of the delay in restarting the reactor, a spokesman said.

A Tepco spokeswoman said the power supply halt wouldn’t affect its operations, because it hasn’t factored in the electricity supply from the Ikata reactor.

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